3 HVAC Maintenance Tips Every Homeowner Should Know
Did you know that staying up to date with your HVAC units’ maintenance is one of the best and easiest ways to save money? This is especially more crucial if you’ve moved to a new home recently or if it’s your very first place.
Although it’s not as high-maintenance as taking care of a pet, it’s just as important to make sure that your HVAC systems are working to the best of its ability.
After all, these are the systems that keep you and your loved ones cool in the hotter months and warm when it starts to cool down.
One of the biggest misconceptions that I hear all the time is that at-home HVAC maintenance is too time consuming and can cost TON of money, but in reality, it really isn’t.
As a matter of fact, it’s a lot easier to start your preventative maintenance checks than to clean up your entire home!
In this short but brief guide, I’m going to share with you three easy ways to get started.
Check for Unusual Sounds and Sights
When I was younger, my folks would tell me that if something doesn’t sound or look right, there’s probably something wrong with it.
And they’re not wrong.
From cars to broken dog toys, weird sounds and sights are usually a clear-cut sign that something needs to be fixed.
When you’re beginning to start your own HVAC maintenance checkup, here’s a few questions you’ll need to ask yourself:
- Are any wires frayed or broken?
- Is anything leaking?
- When I turn my system on, are there any sounds that don’t sound right?
If you’ve answered no to any of these questions, it’s most likely that your unit is in the all clear.
If not, you may need expert assistance.
It’s highly recommended that if you are unsure on how to fix something, especially if it’s leaking, call an expert right away.
Related: If you’re in San Diego, our AC and heating preventative maintenance is just $79. Schedule now
Change Your Air Filters
The air you breathe at home is largely interconnected with clean (or not so clean) air filters. Located inside your HVAC unit, air filters tend to be the most forgotten about based on my and other contractors’ past experiences.
How fast you should act on it depends, however, on these few factors:
- the number of people or pets that live in your home
- the type of air filter your HVAC system uses
- your overall indoor air quality
- the amount of pollution that’s in and around your home
For example, if you live outside the city away from all the pollution, you don’t need to change it as often as a person who does live inside the city. The same can be said if you don’t have too many people/pets living with you, too.
Here are some helpful guidelines from Service Experts that can help break it down some more:
- Vacation home or single occupant and no pets or allergies: every 6-12 months
- “Average” suburban home without pets: every 90 days
- Add a dog or cat: every 60 days
- Add more than one pet or anyone has allergies: 20-45 days
Clear Your Surroundings
Last but not least, it’s important that the area around your HVAC systems stays clean and free of debris. If you haven’t done this already, you’ll end up with dirt, foreign objects, and even plant life lodged (and growing) inside.
In addition, treating your HVAC systems like it’s another piece of storage (i.e. placing boxes on top, leaving your trash nearby) will end up raising your energy bills due to a lack of efficiency, or put simply, a lack of fresh air.
The reason why this is important is because it transforms the air outside into the air you breathe indoors, and you wouldn’t want to breathe that kind of air, right?
Regardless of how you choose to go about your HVAC maintenance, it’s crucial that you get started as soon as possible.
Not only can you can prevent costly bills later down the road, your health will improve as the air becomes cleaner and fresher than before.
Don’t just do it for the savings. Do it for the people you care about, your own well-being included.
How have you started your HVAC maintenance?
Do you live in San Diego and are in need of an HVAC or plumbing service? Call (858) 571-8865 to schedule your next repair, install, or anything else in between today!